Omaida Velazquez, M.D., Named Vice Chair of Research for Surgery

Omaida Velazquez, M.D., professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been appointed vice chair of research for the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

“Her focus in this new role will be on research enhancement, research compliance and technology transfer with the goal of propelling the department into the top echelons of research at the local, national and international level,’’ said Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., professor and chair of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery.

Dr. Velazquez, holder of the David Kimmelman Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, is a board certified surgeon with extensive research experience. Focusing on endovascular and other minimally invasive approaches in the surgical treatment of vascular diseases, she is expert in both open and endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, open and endovascular treatments for carotid, mesenteric, and renal stenosis and novel treatments for critical limb ischemia.

She is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded translational research grant that investigates growth factors critical to the wound-healing process, and directs research on the recruitment of activated endothelial progenitor cells to wounds. She also serves as UM’s principal investigator of several multi-center, randomized clinical trials advancing endovascular technologies and novel bone marrow-derived cell-based treatments, and her research team is developing new surgical animal models and vector delivery systems for therapeutic purposes.

A member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Velazquez is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of University Surgeons, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Southern Surgical Association.

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